The washout area at a plant or job site can be one of the least safe areas drivers will encounter throughout their day according to Ozinga Operations Manager Matt Janas. Slick conditions due to water runoff can lead to dangerous slip and falls. However, if you’re a driver, there are steps you can take to mitigate risk and keep yourself safe.
Take Your Time
With dozens of trucks using the washout area every day, slippery conditions are pretty much a given. The ground around the washout area is consistently wet and often covered with concrete slurry. Make sure you’re wearing proper footwear and slow down when you’re washing out your truck and chute. The wintertime is especially dangerous when water can turn to ice. Use the smallest amount of water possible to get the job done.
Speak Up if You Witness Unsafe Conditions
If the washout area at a job site is particularly wet or muddy, contact your dispatcher. They can alert the site supervisor or contractor on site and have them move the designated washout area or clean it up so it’s safe to use. If need be, make a note of the washout area’s condition in your records.
Keep the Washout Area Safe and Clean of Debris
At Ozinga, we hose down our washout area throughout the day to keep the area clean. We also scrape the area regularly and clean the entire yard with a loader once a week. If you’re proactively cleaning your washout area, accidents are less likely to occur. Follow the steps above and you’ll keep yourself, your coworkers, and your customers safe.